Monte Stiles served his entire professional career of 28 years as a state and federal prosecutor. For the past 24 years, as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Idaho, he supervised the Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force – a group of agents and prosecutors who investigate and prosecute high-level drug trafficking organizations, including Los Angeles street gangs, Mexican cartels, and international drug smuggling and money laundering operations. Working closely with foreign, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, Monte has traveled extensively, including multiple trips to Hong Kong and Thailand, and travel to Fiji, Canada, and other countries. In 1995, Monte completed a six-month detail for the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. where he served as Special Counsel to the Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys. His primary assignments involved domestic terrorism, violent crime, juvenile justice, and narcotics. As a result of his expertise, Monte has taught advanced narcotics and money laundering for the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. He has also been an instructor at numerous international crime seminars, teaching prosecutors, judges, and police officers from Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania, Montenegro, and Croatia.
One of his proudest personal and career achievements was the organization and implementation of the statewide “Enough is Enough” anti-drug campaign which produced community coalitions in every area of Idaho. In addition to the prosecution of drug traffickers, Monte has been a passionate drug educator and motivational speaker for schools, businesses, churches, law enforcement agencies, and other youth and parent organizations.
Over the past 28 years, Monte has been recognized by various groups for his role in drug prosecutions, drug education, and other community service, including: (1989) an award from the U.S. Department of the Treasury in “recognition of dedication and commitment to the effective enforcement of criminal statutes relating to financial crimes”; (1990) the Idaho Department of Law Enforcement Director’s Award for “exceptional contributions to Idaho’s drug enforcement efforts”; (1995) the United States Department of Justice award for volunteer service in the community; (1996) the Attorney General’s Award for Participation in Litigation; (1997) the Boise River Festival “Pride of Boise” award; (1998) the Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force award for “outstanding efforts that have materially contributed to the attainment of the highest standards of cooperative law enforcement and justice in the United States of America”; (1999) the Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force award for “outstanding support, leadership and dedication to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program”; (2001) the Association of Idaho Cities Boyd A. Martin award “in recognition of exceptional contributions benefitting city governments in Idaho”; the “Seven’s Heroes” award presented by KTVB (NBC’s affiliate television station in Idaho); (2007) recognition from Drug Free Idaho for work in drug prevention and education; (2009) a national Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force award for Operation Northern Passage; and (2011) the Idaho State Bar Professionalism Award for “outstanding cooperation, respect, diligence, candor and competence” in the practice of law. Monte received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.
He served a two-year LDS mission in Korea before completing his law degree at J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1982. In his personal life, Monte has served as a commissioner on the Boise Parks and Recreation Board, as a Scoutmaster, Varsity Scout Advisor, and Explorer Post advisor for a local Boy Scout organization, and as an adjunct professor for 10 years in the Criminal Justice Department of Boise State University.
Because of Monte’s passion for nature and wildlife photography, his images have been featured on the cover of magazines and in articles about the great outdoors, which has led to other opportunities as a highly sought-after speaker on the subject of photography, with recent presentations in Phoenix, Arizona, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Portland, Oregon, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Hudson, Massachusetts.
In April 2011, Monte left government service to devote all of his time to drug education, other motivational speaking, and nature photography. Monte and his wife Sandi live in Boise, Idaho. They are the proud parents of five children and nine grandchildren.